How long they remain side by side could be decided in July, when Nash will be a free agent and Sarver will have to bolster the Suns roster to entice Nash to stay. Nash made that clear Thursday morning, when he used the first of three days without games to do a media circuit promoting Dove Men Care.
"I'm not going to come back to the Suns if there isn't an improvement, if they're not ambitious and they're not looking to upgrade the roster seriously," Nash told "The Dan Patrick Show." "And I think they are. They'll have a lot of flexibility in free agency. They'll also have been standing pat in many ways so they could do some things this summer. I think they'll become a definite possibility for me. I do want to win. I do want to consider all my options."
Nash also told Patrick that he did not believe the Suns entertained trading him last month.
"They always said to me they weren't going to, and I don't think that they really got close or really entertained it to any serious degree," he said. "I don't think it was that close. But it's going to be interesting this summer, being a free agent. I didn't really want to leave at the deadline. I feel like I owed it to my teammates and the Suns organization and the fans. And I possibly could be back, for sure, but that'll be more interesting, I think, than the trade deadline."
Nash stayed along the same line on Jim Rome's radio show, reiterating that he wants to win a championship "but there are a lot of things to consider."
He began the day with an appearance on ESPN2's "First Take," where he explained why he did not ask for a trade.
"I would've loved to have a chance to play for a title," Nash said. "But at the same time, it's a difficult situation. There's no guarantee. I can't walk in and say, 'Trade me here.' There's no guarantee where you go or what happens. For me to put myself in that position to, in some ways, jump ship on my teammates and a city and an organization that I've had a lot of success with, I feel a great connectivity to, I thought that was too much for me.
"This summer, I'll definitely consider all my options as a free agent. At the trade deadline, I feel like that wasn't the time or place to do it. I still feel like our team, in particularly when nobody gave us a chance this year, has a chance to sneak into the playoffs this year. It's not a championship but it's still something worth doing. I feel proud to be a part of the team."